Posts Tagged ‘Lovers of themselves’

2 Kings 20:19, “Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, The word of the Lord you have spoken is good. For he thought, Is it not good, if [all this evil is meant for the future and] peace and security shall be in my days?”

2 Timothy 3:1, “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. (2) People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,”

Baby Boomers are those (like me) who were born 1946 and 1964. After WWII there was a great boom in the baby-making business as soldiers came back from war and the economy and future looked much better for families.  This was a time of great productivity in everyone of the Seven Mountains of Culture (the areas of influence of global society).

  1. Media
  2. Government/Military
  3. Education
  4. Economy/Business
  5. Family
  6. Arts and Entertainment
  7. Religion/Church

Unfortunately, most of them have not represented the Kingdom of God, but the kingdoms of this world system. Matthew 6:33, (AMPC) “seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.” We are like Hezekiah – concerned about self, not the future of his children and grandchildren.

Since I am a Baby Boomer myself, let me reminisce my growing up. I grew up in a rural farming community in Minnesota, with a population of 500. I graduated top 10 in my class (of 17). Very little was store-bought. I got my first store-bought dress for my Lutheran Confirmation celebration when I was 13 years old. Our back-yard was not a swimming pool, but consisted of a huge vegetable garden, clothesline that was full every Monday, and a big barrel to burn our garbage. (yes – we burned our garbage, and we burned piles of leaves). We drank water out of a hose and raided the garden when the peas were ready to eat. When the town whistle blew at 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm, we knew to drop what we are doing and run home for lunch and dinner. At dinner, we all sat at the dining room table TOGETHER and ate after we had all said our prayers of thanksgiving for the meal. Nobody got to pick their own meal, everyone ate what was prepared and we were thankful for it. After the meal, the children were responsible to clean off the table and do the dishes. For chicken for the freezer, we watched Mom and Dad cut the head off of chickens from the farmers and watched as the chickens would run around the back yard with their heads cut off. They watched Mom pluck each of the chicken. We worked hard on Saturday, cleaning the whole house before we could do anything else. We mowed grass, shoveled  the snow, weeded the garden, work work work whatever needed to be done, we were a part. We were spanked, hard and lived through it. Sundays we all went to church together, sat in the same pew, were pinched when we giggled. After Church we normally had pot roast in the oven waiting for us before we had a relaxing Sunday afternoon. And when we graduated we got a suitcase to leave, because now we were grown up and should go out on our own.

Now compare today. We were raised in a time of growing prosperity and are left un-thankful. We may have not been spoiled, but have raise our children to be spoiled and believing life is all about them. Entitlement mentality.  Everyone on the team now gets a medal. Now even the grade-school age have their own cell phones – and predators know this. These kids are left to spend hours playing games that are forming their mindset into killers! 

But most don’t care, as long as we get what we want, who cares about our children and our grandchildren.

Baby Boomers have become like King Hezekiah. As long as their is peace and security in our time, who cares what we leave to the generation behind us. As long as we get our Social Security Check, who cares if this next generation never sees the financial security that they have paid for.

Maybe we need to take a long hard look at Hezekiah’s son, Manasseh. He became king at 12 years old and reigned for 55 years. He became known as the most wicked king in Judah’s history! What kind of a generation are we leaving behind?

Right now, suicide is the second cause of death in a 10-year old. Because of this global pandemic, the youth have lost hope for a future. Suicide is growing increasingly in the children and young adults. This is the legacy we are leaving. SELAH, pause and think about this. Then turn your prayers from asking God for more for yourself, but what can I do to help this next generation that will benefit the Kingdom of God.